Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser beam to cut through materials by vaporizing them. The process involves directing a high-power laser beam through optics and using a computer numerical control (CNC) system to guide the beam along a desired path. The laser beam melts, burns, vaporizes, or blows away the material, resulting in a clean and precise cut with a high-quality surface finish.
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It's important that your material is flat! Start out with something under 1/8 inch thick.
- Cardboard, chipboard, mat board or any other paper product
- Plywood, and solid wood (more plys = harder to cut)
- Masonite (has a lot of glue and is difficult to cut over 1/4 inch)
- Cotton Fabrics
- Casted Acrylic Sheet (Plexiglas) - paper backing can be left on, plastic backing must be removed
- PVC/Vinyl/artificial leather (emits pure chlorine gas when cut! It will ruin the optics, cause the metal of the machine to corrode, and ruin the motion control system)
- Lexan/Polycarbonate (cuts very poorly, will discolor and catch fire)
- Foam/Polystyrene/Polypropylene (catches fire, emits fumes)
- Mirror (mirrored acrylic sheet is OK if the mirror is face down)